Balkman ‘willing to come back’ to PBA, but focus now still on Alab

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES READ: PBA lifts lifetime ban on BalkmanThe former New York Knick was stellar in Alab’s win over the Heat with 17 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, and four steals.“I’m focused on this team right now, we got to win the championship,” said Balkman. “Right now our main goal is the championship.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Victolero vows Magnolia won’t stop looking for ways to beat San Miguel READ: With Balkman ban lifted, can SMB reunion happen?“I’m willing to come back,” said Balkman after Alab Pilipinas’ 110-100 win over Saigon in the ASEAN Basketball League best-of-three quarterfinals Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “It’s a great thing [for the ban to get lifted].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Five years ago I did something and when they [the PBA] called and let me know I was kind of relieved.”For now, though, Balkman is keeping his focus on his current team, who are trying to bring the ABL crown back to the country against a tough regional field. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Renaldo Balkman. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueIt took half a decade for Renaldo Balkman’s lifetime ban in the PBA to be lifted, and the Puerto Rican international is glad he can come back to the world’s second oldest professional basketball league.Balkman said he has no qualms about coming back to the PBA after he got banished from the league in 2013 after he choked teammate Arwind Santos when the two played together under Petron, now known as San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

Don’t Cut UL Budget

first_imgFormer Foreign Affairs Minister Augustine Ngafuan has advised government officials who appropriate the National Budget not to slash any portion of the University of Liberia’s (UL) budget. “If you cannot add onto the UL budget, don’t take from the UL budget. If you cannot give the UL blood, don’t take blood away from the UL,” he admonished.Speaking further on the acute financial difficulties presently facing the UL, Mr. Ngafuan recalled that the University’s budget experienced a major cut before 2012. Since then, the UL budget has not exceeded what it used to be before 2011. He didn’t say what it used to be before 2011. It must be noted, however, that before Mr. Ngafuan was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, he served as Minister of Finance from 2008 to early 2012.Mr. Ngafuan, who was also the Dean of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Cabinet, was among individuals and institutions honored and certificated by the UL Student Union (ULSU) for contributing to projects of the Union and to the wellbeing of the University of Liberia in general. Others honored included Senator Oscar Cooper of Margibi County, CBL Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, Montserrado County Representative Acarous Gray, CBL Director of Finance, Mr. Dorbor Hagba, and a host of other individuals and entities including the Lone Star Cell Company. The ceremony was held Friday, February 12, in the auditorium of the University of Liberia. Ngafuan cautioned that as government takes measures to deal with the economic crisis, it does not need to apply what he termed as a “broad-brush approach” that would mean further reduction in the UL budget. “Given that the UL is facing financial difficulty even in procuring such essentials as laboratory equipment and basic instructional supplies, I urge the government, especially the “appropriators” not to cut the UL Budget.” Mr. Ngafuan commended the students for hosting an appreciation program, observing that appreciation is not a commonplace phenomenon nowadays in the Liberian society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Authorities struggling to weed out corrupt officers – Director admits

first_imgContraband in prisons– scanner expected by year-end to beef up securityThe apparent collision between prison and Police Officers continues to be a deterrent to ongoing efforts by authorities to curb the smuggling of contraband into prison facilities across the country.Contraband found in the prison during a previous raidIn a recent interview with Guyana Times, Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samuels, lamented and admitted to the struggles authorities are facing in detecting and weeding out corrupt officers from within the system.According to the Prison Director, efforts are constantly being made to rid the prisons of contraband but every time exercises such as raids are carried out and items seized, it creates the demand for more illicit items which some officers take advantage of and capitalise on.“We have been putting systems in place. There are standard operational procedures that guides the steps that must be followed when persons are entering the prison. But what is clear, there seems to be established syndicates – these are officers who are working in collusion with each other to facilitate the movement of these [contraband] items into the prison. We do not have the luxury of being able to have a gazette rank on every shift and in the absence of these persons who lend oversight, the persons on the ground tend to capitalise on these opportunities to carry out their illegal acts,” Samuels noted.Prison Director (ag) Galdwin SamuelsIt is believed that the smuggling of contrabands into the prison system remains a perennial problem because of the involvement of both prison and Police Officers in facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.Back in May, five prison officers were in hot water for smuggling marijuana into the Lusignan Prison, while only last week a Policeman was caught attempting to throw more contraband into the holding area of the same facility.The Prison Director explained to this publication that this behaviour by these corrupt officers highlights the need for a lot of work to be done, not only within the security services but also at the level of the community and in the homes to put out morally conscious and ethical citizens into society.However, he did note that there are officers within the service who possess these qualities and are eager to see the upliftment of the prison service.Nevertheless, the Prison Director went on to outline that while several methods are there to gather intelligence in the prison environment, these efforts are hindered by the practice of officers who witness or are aware of such acts by their colleagues but chose to remain mum instead of reporting to higher authorities.Samuels further posited that because of this, it is difficult for authorities to identify these rogue officers and so they go on with their corrupt acts.ScannersIn efforts to further beef up security and prevent the smuggling of contraband into prison facilities, it was previously announced that steps are being taken to acquire scanners for the various penitentiary facilities across the country. In fact, Samuels told this newspaper that the first scanner is expected to be here sometime in December, while three others have been included in the 2019 Budget.The Prison Director explained the agency has been very specific in terms of the type of scanner it wanted based on detailed research conducted. However, he noted that they are currently ironing out some issues regarding it procurement.“In keeping with the procurement procedure, some objections were raised by some entities who would like to be eligible to provide the services with those scanners so that is where we are right now in terms of ironing out those glitches. But our position remains very firm in terms of the quality of scanners we are looking to have in the service and this is taking into consideration the quality of images that would be provided by the scanners and also the safety for staff who would have to deal with the scanners especially those persons who, because of their detail would be required to leave and re-enter the prison on a regular basis,” he said.Samuels noted that some personnel such as those who facilitate visits by prisoners’ relatives would have to be scanned a minimum of 15 times a day; as such, they would need a low-radiation scanner that would not affect the health of his officers.“So that is a critical component in terms of our consideration when it comes to the procurement of the scanners,” he stressed.The scanner that is expected later this year will be installed at the Camp Street Prison.last_img read more

Dana Cranston, Team Canada off to good start at Summer Universiade in Russia

first_imgShanice Marcelle of Victoria led the way for the team with five kills. She also had three blocks and 12 digs during the contest. The team was expected to face Algeria tomorrow, however the team dropped out just before the tournament began. As a result, the squad will have an off day tomorrow before meeting with Brazil, the defending champions from the last Universiade games. Wednesday’s game gets started at 4 a.m. local time.- Advertisement –last_img

Huskies do battle, Fill the Bus

first_imgThe Huskies have a busy weekend ahead, on and off the ice. They play just one game, a Saturday night contest in Dawson Creek, against a Jr. Canucks team just breaking out of a slump (1-3-1 in their last 5). The Huskies will be looking for two points, not just to hold of Dawson Creek, but also to keep ahead of Peace River, who play in Slave Lake and home to Beaverlodge.- Advertisement – On Sunday, the pups return home for their ‘Fill the Bus’ campaign. The annual event has been increasingly successful every year, and the Huskies are hoping to surpass the 17,600 pounds of food raised last year.Huskies Captain Jon Spence will be working the campaign for his fourth year, and says it’s success is pretty simple. [asset|aid=725|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=235fd3cc83ad52cec469a6921c2210ba-spence-food_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Starting at around 11am on Sunday, the Huskies, Formula Tank Midget Female Flyers, and other members of the community will be spreading out around town, and knocking on doors to solicit donations.Huskies Past-President Carolynn Krauss suggests some good things to donate. [asset|aid=726|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=235fd3cc83ad52cec469a6921c2210ba-carolyn-food_1_Pub.mp3] So don’t forget to have a donation ready, and support the Huskies as they try to Fill the Bus.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bidding for pope’s old VW falls short

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A Volkswagen hatchback said to be Pope Benedict XVI’s old car fetched six-figure bids on eBay but failed on Saturday to reach the seller’s target, meaning no sale. Bids on the 1999 gray Golf reached a high of $204,400. That fell short of an unspecified “reserve” target set by a Texas-based online casino, GoldenPalace.com, which was selling it. A spokeswoman for eBay, Catherine Fisher, said she did not know what the seller’s minimum price was. A message left with GoldenPalace.com was not immediately returned Saturday evening. Fisher said nearly 202,000 people had visited the auction. The casino bought the car in 2005 on eBay from a German man. On Friday, eBay said it had verified the car was owned by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he ascended to the papacy. last_img read more

Motema Pembe bundle Gor out of CAF CC

first_imgVinny Bongonga Kombe and Junior Kone Abou scored the goals for the home side, with Kone’s proving to be the most decisive as the Kenyan champions failed on their group stage ambition.Gor broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes when Ochieng rose highest inside the box to powerfully head in a corner from skipper Kenneth Muguna. It was a welcome relief for Gor who had now cancelled out the away goal they gave away in the first leg.They should have added a second when Muguna broke through inside the box minutes later, but couldn’t conjure a shot past the keeper who blocked his effort one on one.The home side, despite the early threats were the better side especially offensively and had the lion’s share of chances to score.Rachidi Musinga came close with a shot after cutting in from the left going over while Bongonga had an effort from close range go straight to keeper David Mapigano’s arms.Kone also had a go at goal when he picked up the ball from the edge of the box but his rasping shot was deflected for a corner.The pressure finally bore fruit in the second minute of added time when Bongonga tapped home from close range after a cross from William Likuta found him well positioned inside the box.It was a more competitive affair between the two sides in the second half and Ochieng came close to adding his second of the evening when his header at the near post off another Muguna corner went inches wide.Gor made changes, Nicholas Kipkurui coming off for Ernest Wendo while later, Gnamien Yikpe was also rested for Boniface Omondi.But, it was Motema Pembe’s changes that proved to be the most decisive.Junior Mbele’s introduction changed the attacking face of the game for the home side and the speedy winger was the heart of their second goal. He zoomed away from his markers on the left before slapping in a low cross that was spilled by Mapigano.Bongonga picked up the ball and squared to Kone who tapped into an empty net. The goal simply gave Motema Pembe more energy and had another chance when Likuta’s freekick was turned behind for a corner by Mapigano in the 71st minute.Gor almost scored a devastating second goal with 10 minutes left when off a swiftly executed counter attack, Ochieng sprayed the ball upfield to Muguna but the skipper’s low shot was saved by the keeper and an onrushing Ochieng couldn’t conjure a shot at goal.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia FC players line up before their CAF Confederations Cup match against Congo’s DC Motema Pembe at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on October 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3 – Gor Mahia’s hope of a third consecutive spot in the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup went up in smoke after losing 2-1 to Congolese side DC Motema Pembe in Kinshasa on Sunday to drop out 3-2 on aggregate.The home side came from a goal down after Wellington Ochieng had headed Gor into an early lead.last_img read more

ANTON OPTIMISTIC DESPITE TAXING FIRST YEAR AT TOP

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After one year at the helm of the nation’s second-largest school district, Superintendent Bill Anton continues to battle multimillion-dollar budget problems, overcrowding and an influx of poor, minority students who speak limited English. In addition, he is gearing up for contract negotiations with teachers who are furious with his recommendation to cut their pay and benefits in order to help close a $241 million budget gap. Anton, who turns 67 on July 22, readily admits that his first year in office has been taxing, but he is cautiously optimistic about the new school year. When Anton was appointed superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District last year, he was seen by board members as a man who could bring much-needed stability to a system beset by financial woes, overcrowding and wobbly relations with the teachers union. He contends he has made progress on rebuilding deteriorating labor relations, boosted staff morale and established a rapport with community groups. “I feel very good about the year,” he said. “We were able to build good bridges with the business community and fairly good relationships with the unions.” A 39-year veteran of the district, Anton took over the top post last July after the surprise resignation of Leonard Britton. He will earn about $145,000 this school year as a result of a $16,000 voluntary pay cut he took because of the district’s deepening budget crisis. Anton began his career in the district as a teacher at Rowan Avenue Elementary School in 1952, and was deputy superintendent from 1982 until he was tapped to head up the district. He is the first Hispanic superintendent in the Los Angeles school system that is 62 percent Hispanic. During his first year, Anton introduced a plan to restructure the district and reassign top administrators to shift more decisions to the schools. He has cut 155 management and 127 secretarial staff positions this year. “Some of the administrators were bumped to principals or assistant principals and others were put back in the classroom,” he said. “Some had to hit the streets. It was tough. It’s not just a realignment, these are hard cut positions.” The goal of the reshuffling plan – the most wide-ranging in the district in 20 years – is to hold administrators directly responsible for the quality of education in the schools. The plan also is expected to save the financially strapped system an estimated $16 million, Anton said. Helen Bernstein, president of United-Teachers Los Angeles, said Anton’s restructuring plan lacked innovation, and she criticized him for not eliminating more positions from the central office. “I don’t think 280 people is enough to cut at all, not if the (budget) crisis is as serious as he says it is,” Bernstein said. “The bureaucracy is not effective or efficient, and unless he does something dramatic to turn it around, it’s not going to happen.” Bernstein also criticized Anton for recommending pay cuts for teachers and said he virtually ignored her suggestions of budget-cutting measures such as eliminating cars for administrators and shutting down the district-owned television station in order to balance this year’s budget. “I don’t particularly approve of the way he chose to balance the budget,” Bernstein said. School board member Roberta Weintraub defended Anton and said he has done a good job battling the fiscal crisis. “Nobody, but nobody could have done a better job than Bill,” said Weintraub, who represents the East San Fernando Valley. “He held it together under very difficult times. You can’t judge the superintendent in a year when you’ve cut $600 million from the district.” New school board president Warren Furutani agreed. “He really has a handle on what’s happening in the district, the budget office and the schools, compared to the other superintendent, who never really got his feet on the ground,” Furutani said. “Bill’s going to make his mark now because he knows exactly what battles we need to fight and implement.” Board member Julie Korenstein, who represents the West San Fernando Valley, praised Anton for his budget plans. The true test of his leadership abilities will come later this year, though, when teacher contract talks get under way and plans for a local bond measure to raise money for school construction and maintenance projects are brought before the board, she said. “I think he has to be far more creative and be willing to make changes,” said Korenstein, who voted against hiring Anton because she favored a nationwide search. “If we’re able to get the bond measure and increased funding for public education so we can begin to restore the programs and compensation, they I will say yes, he did a good job and was effective,” Korenstein said.last_img read more

COUNCIL UPS ITS WAR ON ILLEGAL DUMPERS

first_imgDonegal County Council says it is making progress throughout the county in the fight against those who continue to dump waste illegally.Suzanne Tinney Waste Awareness Officer with the Council they are disappointed at the level of recent dumping across the county. However they have vowed to continue to clamp down on dumpers and have already identify blackspots.“Although we are disappointed at the level of illegal dumping taking place at a time when we are working hard to promote Donegal as tourist destination, we are confident that by working with the community, we can tackle this issue to achieve a greener and cleaner county for everyone in Donegal including residents and visitors.“Dumping can range from discarding waste boxes or bags at a bottle bank site to larger scale dumping at more remote sites. These sites require perseverance and continued surveillance but I am confident that the Council is making in-roads and we will be continuing this approach with vigour over the coming months”.Ms. Tinney added  that the council is aware of areas where illegal dumping has become more prevalent and will continue to target these areas. Given the remote nature of some of the sites used for illegal dumping, Donegal County Council has invested in various surveillance equipment in recent years for use throughout the county.Ms. Tinney stated that “this investment includes a number of ‘trail’ cameras or covert cameras activated by infra red sensors, together with Road-Hawk Vehicle Digital Cameras. Others include high spec long range cameras which are acquired for surveillance on illegal activities involving waste management issues and these have proven to be very useful”.Enforcement ActivityIn 2012 Donegal County Council issued 173 fines or fixed penalty notices under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, up from 124 fines in 2011. The increase in the number of fines issued in 2012 is due partly to the increased level of resources invested by the Council in particular areas of the county.A breakdown of litter fines (fixed penalty notices under the Litter Pollution Act 1997) issued in 2011 and 2012 are outlined in the following table:Area Fines issued 2011 Fines issued 2012 Donegal 35 20Stranorlar 13 37Inishowen 44 19Letterkenny 26 32 Glenties 6 (part time only) 65Ms. Tinney stated that “where fines are not paid the Council will be continuing to initiate prosecutions through the court”. She added “under the Waste Management Act 1996 there were 7 cases before the courts in 2011 and 7 before the courts in 2012. This Council takes these issues very seriously and every effort will be made to combat all forms of illegal dumping”.Costs of Clean ups:In 2012 Donegal County Council spent in the region of €410,900 in cleaning up illegal dumping sites in Donegal and this was down from the 2011 figure of €428,800.Ms. Tinney stated that “this decrease in expenditure reflects a combination of things including the impact of the surveillance and enforcement measures that we have in place along with the support of the local community in addressing these issues”.The following is the breakdown of expenditure incurred by Donegal County Council in clean-up operations in 2011 and 2012Area 2011 Expenditure 2012 ExpenditureDonegal €13,660.65 €5,473.35Stranorlar €19,819.51 €18,944.66Inishowen €28,364.75 €30,690.10Letterkenny €8,755.29 €16,436.37Glenties €60,700.51 €38,533.16Mobile Litter Unit costs €297,521.45 €300,870.73€428,822.16 €410,948.37Excellent Community supportMs. Tinney paid tribute to the work of the Litter Wardens and Environment staff and added that she could not stress enough the importance of the excellent support of local community groups throughout the county in clean up campaigns such as the National Spring Clean campaign which is taking place this month. “These types of initiatives are great and I am always heartened by the great work that is done in Donegal by the local communities and this certainly supports us in the work that we do”.The public can contact the Council to report illegal dumping by calling our Customer Contact Centre on 07491 53900.Some examples of surveillance from around the county which has proven successful:Examples attached of illegal dumping activities caught on covert cameras deployed throughout the county. Enforcement including fines has been pursued in each case.COUNCIL UPS ITS WAR ON ILLEGAL DUMPERS was last modified: April 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilillegal dumpinglast_img read more

Warriors HQ Podcast: Has Draymond Green put himself in the DPOY convo?

first_imgDraymond Green has long been a defensive savant, with his ability to effectively guard all five positions.After struggling with injuries last season, Green is back in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year. Following Tuesday’s 115-108 win over the Jazz, Logan Murdock and Dieter Kurtenbach discussed Green’s place among this year’s crop of candidates.The duo also talked about the recent play of Andre Iguodala, who scored 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field Tuesday night. …last_img read more